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Swimming Pool Franchise Company Salutes America’s Heroes

Veterans in Franchising Feature Featured in Franchising USA

Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 ranked “Top Franchise for Veterans” swimming pool service company helps military veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

Vet-friendly franchise opportunities in the service industry.

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ASP Ranked as Top Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur Magazine

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ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company is excited to announce its inclusion to the 2017 Top Franchises for Veterans Ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500. ASP is ranked number 60 of the top 150 franchises offering incentives and other programs to help veterans become franchisees.

“We are honored to be recognized on such a respected level,” said Stewart C. Vernon, Founder and CEO of ASP. “We are also proud to offer one qualified military veteran the support they need to start their own business through our 2017 ASP Veteran Program.”

The ASP Veteran Program is a nationwide program specifically geared to award an America’s Swimming Pool Company franchise to one qualified military veteran each year. Since 2015, ASP has accepted a new batch of applications each year for the annual ASP Veteran Program. Any U.S. military veteran is qualified to enter the nationwide competition, which includes written essays and one-on-one interviews at the Macon, Georgia headquarters. Each year, ASP waives the franchise fee for the veteran who is selected as the winner – an average value of more than $65,000 (actual value varies by market). Visit ASPfranchising.com/Veterans to learn more about the program and fill out the entry form. Deadline Extended – applications for the 2017 ASP franchise giveaway will be accepted until November 30th.

“We are constantly looking for those individuals who have served our country and are now searching for a business opportunity to take them to the next level,” said Jef E. Flournoy, VP of Franchise Sales & Development at ASP.

The team at ASP chooses to honor veterans because they represent some of the nation’s most hard-working, unselfish, and committed individuals. Entrepreneurship is ideal for veterans, and an ASP Franchise makes sure they aren’t working on this venture on their own–instead, an ASP franchise provides its franchise owners with the tools and support necessary for a successful swimming pool business in their chosen territory.

How were the 2017 Top Franchises for Veterans rankings determined?

Entrepreneur Magazine invited Franchise 500 ranked companies, that offer a veteran incentive, to participate in a survey designed to help them learn more about each company’s veteran program. From there, they developed a ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2017 Franchise 500.

As the leading pool cleaning franchise, you can rest assured you won’t regret joining us as a franchisee. After the incredible sacrifices, you as a veteran have made for this nation, it is our turn to give you something back–you can be an independent business owner while jumping into a franchise at the height of its success. There’s no reason to hesitate to join us – the team at ASP is dedicated to helping veterans realize their dream of business ownership and reach success!

Watch the story of Bill Schlemmer, Navy veteran & owner of ASP Coastal Virginia, as he helps other veterans realize why they should consider franchise ownership. 

Join Our Swimming Pool Franchise

America’s Swimming Pool Company is continuing to flourish and prosper across the country, and we want to take you along for the ride. If you are a veteran who is interested in becoming a part of something that will be your next passion while giving you the opportunity to be your own boss and feel a sense of control over your business, look no further than ASP.

Interested in joining ASP? Call (478) 845-7127 to speak to a member of our team today.

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Veteran Franchise Giveaway

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Brad Baglio – Bell County, Texas – Winner of the 2016 ASP Veteran Program

2017 ASP VETERAN PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s leading pool service franchise is currently accepting applications for its 3rd annual ASP Veteran Program. One qualified veteran will have the franchise fee waived for a pool company franchise with ASP. The winner of this program will be announced on Veterans Day!

America’s Swimming Pool Company, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, is proud to honor and reward deserving veterans. According to Stewart Vernon, the Founder & CEO of America’s Swimming Pool Company, ASP’s franchise development team targets veteran franchise candidates because they possess unique skill sets that make them a perfect fit as ASP franchise owners.

Army veteran Brad Baglio is the 17th veteran to join the ASP family. Hailing from Bell County, Texas, he was the winner of the 2016 ASP Veteran Program. He opened his ASP franchise location nearly five months ago.

“It is an honor to be a part of a franchise family that supports military veterans,” Baglio said. “Being selected as the veteran program winner was a dream come true!  This opportunity is opening doors for me to build a business that I am passionate about.”

ASP is attractive to veterans because it’s a workable business model, which is similar to their military experience regarding the outline of expectations and application. This franchise business provides a proven, strategic plan to follow, and it’s geared solely for the success of the franchisee.

In addition to the annual Veteran Program, ASP offers 15% off the franchise fee to any qualified US military veteran who opens an ASP franchise.

For all veterans interested in participating in the ASP Veteran Program, please visit ASPfranchising.com/veterans to learn more about the program and fill out the entry form.

Interested in Learning More about Franchise Opportunities?

Visit the Learning Center and follow the steps to find out more on how to start a franchise.

 

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ASP Veteran Program Featured in Franchising USA

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Miguel Macias, 1st Winner of the ASP Veteran Program

Pool Franchise Looking to Expand Offers Veterans Valuable Discounts – Article by Franchising USA.

24-year Navy veteran and ASP franchise owner, Miguel Macias, is pictured in this publication by Franchising USA. Miguel became the first ASP business owner to have his full franchise fee waived by the ASP Veteran Program.

ASP Franchising is the corporate headquarters for America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool service franchise. The team at ASP franchising noticed many veterans were curious about business ownership and started showing interest in their swimming pool franchise. In 2015, the franchising team set out to form a veteran program franchise giveaway as a way to honor our nation’s heroes. Each year ASP will award one franchise to a qualified military veteran on Veterans Day. In addition to this exclusive giveaway, all qualified veterans who purchase a franchise receive a 15% discount on the initial franchise fee.

Many military veterans possess the skills needed to be great franchises such as commitment, trustworthiness, and unmatched determination to succeed. ASP wants to aid in unlocking that potential and help countless veterans realize their dream of business ownership.

On the franchisee side, ASP boasts a comprehensive training program and a strong support system.

For 11 days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, franchisees attend ASP’s Pool School on its campus in Macon, which features  14 working pools that have every kind of pool equipment conceivable.

At Pool School, in addition to the hands-on maintenance training, franchisees receive instruction in every aspect of running a business from marketing to billing to running QuickBooks.

Along with a local marketing team, the company has a national PR firm that supports franchisees, plus staff at headquarters who handle technical questions from franchisees throughout the day.

It’s possible!

Read the full Franchising USA article here or explore our veterans page to learn more about the ASP Veteran Program and the benefits to becoming small business franchise owner in the swimming pool industry.

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Franchising USA is a monthly digital publication bringing you all the latest news, expert advice, and information from the world of franchising.

 

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ASP Franchising Helps Owners Expand Their Reach

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If you talk to Tom Lose of ASP Billings, he will tell you how great it is to be a business owner.

“I opened ASP Billings in March 2016 and it has been an awesome first year,” said Lose.

Lose, an Air Force veteran contributes his success to the work ethic he learned from his parents, his job at USPS, and his military background. He explains how busy he has been since becoming a business owner.

“People know about the ASP brand and the reputation we have as a trusted pool professional,” said Lose. “This makes starting a business easier than having to reinvent the wheel.”

He now has people from all over the state of Montana wanting his services after hearing about ASP Billings, so he made the decision to expand his territory to the entire state of Montana. Lose is just one example of owners who have taken the leap and invested into their business.

“Existing owners like Lose are able to expand their reach with our territory expansion program,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & CEO of ASP. “This is a way to make expanding easy and inexpensive for them. If they have a business partner in mind, this also offers franchisees the opportunity to open an entirely new ASP.”

ASP locations in Gilbert, AZ, Edmond, OK, and Palm Harbor, FL have all taken the advantage of this expansion program and made the decision to buy more territories. Franchise owners have the opportunity to expand their reach and receive 30% off their franchise fee, and if an owner wants to start an entirely new location, they receive 40% off the franchise fee.

Offering incentives like this for franchise owners is part of what makes owning an ASP so special and unlike any other pool franchise system. The dedication and support of the ASP Franchising team will provide owners with confidence to grow and succeed!

Learn more about available ASP territories here.

ASP is the largest swimming pool cleaning, repair, and renovation franchise system in the nation. Founded in 2002 by Stewart Vernon, the company was based on the belief that by providing a higher quality pool service at a reasonable price, the brand would raise the industry standards for pool service. In 2005, ASP began franchising and now covers 205 territories across the nation. For more information on ASP’s swimming pool franchise opportunities, visit ASPfranchising.com. For more information on ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, visitASPPoolco.com.

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ASP Awards Winner of Veteran Program with a Free Pool Service Franchise New franchise to open in Reno, Nevada in April

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MACON, Georgia– ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company recently announced the winner of their veterans program. The program, launched on Veterans Day 2015, was designed to honor the service given to our country with the awarding of a free pool maintenance franchise. The winner, Miguel Macias, will open his franchise in Reno, Nevada, this coming April.

“As a thank you for the service rendered to our country, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans by awarding one free pool service franchise each year to a qualified veteran,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer or ASP. “Though the program just launched in 2015, we are excited to have our first winner, and welcome Macias to the franchising family. We are thankful for the service he has given to our country and know that the skills he learned in the course of that service will prove beneficial in his new endeavor as an ASP owner.”

Macias served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, 13 of which were spent serving as an HR officer. After being stationed all over the world, Macias retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2015. When deciding what to do after retirement, he discussed the ASP opportunity with a friend and former ASP employee and was impressed by the comprehensive program they provide. From his military experience, Macias learned leadership, responsibility, and resourcefulness; skills that will directly translate to his work as an ASP pool service franchise owner.

According to Macias, his most remembered military moment was when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. At the time, he was working on a Navy destroyer pier-side in Norfolk, VA. After watching the news coverage of the event on TV, the crew was told to get the ship ready to deploy with no further instructions about where they were going or for how long. The crew busily prepared the ship and ended up patrolling in the New York/Boston area.

Before military service, Macias earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in management information systems and Italian studies. He also attended the school again while in the service and earned his MBA in Human Resources. Navy service is second nature to the Macias family as his wife is a retired Navy nurse and their oldest daughter is currently serving in the Navy.

Many veterans have a hard time during the transition process from serving in the military to becoming a civilian as military skills are hard to translate directly into business skills. However, the military does prepare you to have the confidence to start something new and make business decisions. Macias says he is “thrilled, excited, and grateful to the team for selecting me. I am very humbled and very blessed to have this gift, and excited to get going!”

Though the Macias family has only been in Reno a matter of months, they are excited about their new home and love the active lifestyle that residents lead. Macias hopes that as swimming season draws near that his ASP pool maintenance franchise will be the go to company for the residents of Reno.

ASP launched their veterans program in 2015, and plan to award a free franchise every year to one qualified veteran. As the nation’s leading swimming pool company, ASP is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and is honored to have them among their ranks.

To learn more about the ASP Veteran’s program, visit here.